Portsmouth, Ohio – Shawnee State softball had four players named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Wednesday afternoon.
Brianna Brewster (JR/Springboro, Ohio), Kayla Koch (JR/Lucasville, Ohio), Miranda Melvin (SR/Oak Hill, Ohio) and Miranda Pauley (SR/Portsmouth, Ohio) all qualified for the NAIA's highest academic honor this past season. All four players, three of whom were seniors for the softball team this year, achieved cumulative GPAs over 3.5 over their academic careers to qualify for the awards.
The four Scholar-Athletes in a single season is a new program record for Shawnee State softball, eclipsing the three that won the award in 1997, 2004, and 2016. The achievement comes after the 2017 Bears also set a program record for number of athletes named Mid-South Conference All-Academic, with nine Bears earning that honor.
"I am extremely proud of our four NAIA Scholar-Athletes," said Shawnee State head coach Steve Whittaker. "Having four players earn the award shows how much we have improved as a program over the last two years."
Shawnee State will find out if they had any players named to the NAIA's All-American team after the conclusion of the NAIA Softball World Series.